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Western Michigan wins MacInnes Cup in final GLI

WMU's Colt Conrad named Tournament MVP after scoring OT winner

by Nick Barnowski / DetroitRedWings.com

DETROIT - The Western Michigan Broncos claimed their third MacInnes Cup after defeating the Michigan Tech Huskies in overtime, 1-0, in the championship game of the 52nd annual Great Lakes Invitational on Friday night at Joe Louis Arena. Earlier in the day, Michigan defeated Michigan State, 5-4, in an overtime thriller to claim third place in the final GLI played at The Joe.

Western Michigan forward Colt Conrad scored the game-winning goal at 11:55 of overtime to give the Broncos their first GLI title since 2013, which also was a 1-0 overtime victory over the Huskies. Conrad's goal came after the two teams finished regulation scoreless, resulting in the 11th GLI championship game to require extra time. Conrad earned tournament MVP honors after he jammed home a shot from near the crease for the game-winner and his fourth goal of the season. WMU freshman goaltender Ben Blacker was stellar, recording a 23-save shutout in the win and allowing only one goal in two games during the GLI. Defenseman Corey Schueneman (two assists) and forward Matheson Iacopelli (one goal, one assist) also joined Conrad and Blacker on the All-Tournament Team.

2016 GREAT LAKES INVITATIONAL ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
G - Ben Blacker, Western Michigan
D - Corey Schueneman, Western Michigan
D - Cliff Watson, Michigan Tech
F - Matheson Iacopelli, Western Michigan
F - Tony Calderone, Michigan
F - *Colt Conrad, Western Michigan
* Also tournament MVP

"College Hockey in the D" resumes with the "Duel in the D" between Michigan and Michigan State on Friday, Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m., at Joe Louis Arena. Tickets start at $18 and are on sale now at the JLA Box Office, (313-471-7575), all Ticketmaster (800-745-3000) outlets, and online at www.OlympiaEntertainment.com

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